[s1mp3-dev] Licensing - (L)GPL x FreeBSD
Wladston Viana F Filho
wladston at gmail.com
Fri Jun 16 11:33:15 CDT 2006
Wonderful reply Warner, thanks. I agree with all your ideas.
The issue of BSD vs GPL is one that has been debated for the past 15
> years or so since around the time that Linux was born and Net/2 was
And I state, obviously, that it's not in this mail list that this issue is
getting magically agreed.
A license (...) tends
> to involve a number of tradeoffs between ideas of freedom and
> responsibility. It involves issues of intellectual property beyond
Yeah! This is the point!
I'm in the free as in free beer. Software that I write is free to all
> takers. There's no catches, apart from not saying that you wrote it.
> I don't discriminate among final uses of the software, be it free or
> propriatery. I do open source software because it scratches an itch
> that I have and solves some problem. I'm flattered that others can
> make use of it when they do, but if not, then at least I enjoyed
> myself writing it.
The down side is that sometimes people take my
> code, hack it, and then don't give me a copy back.
Beautiful sentence! I fee the same way as you! ;)
The discussions are a distraction to getting work done.
Hence my original suggestion of not
> diving into this discussion yet again.
Agrees with you. I have a proposal to end this discussion :
1. Everyone is free to choose and stick with the license they think it's
2. If it's an individual work ( ex.: loadram by Jeroen ) , it remains as the
author wants to license it, as long as it does not force other works by
other people on the team to follow the same licensing method. (it would
conflict with rule #1)
3. If it was a work done by a group, the person who contributed most to that
work gets to decide the license of the code.
3.1. Each work shall decide on a license from the start - so there are no
conflicts later (Like making noncopyleft become copyleft)
*if you decide on a copyleft license, your work may be ignored and rewritten
under a non-copyleft license
*the project will choose for using copyleft or non-copyleft works that does
the same job by picking up the "best" work available.
so - what do you guys think of it ?
Them that's done the most work
> on the project gets to deside, and so far most of that work has been
> by Wladston.
Oh - I would disagree in this point, that's too much kindness of you -
mainly because I'm not a C or ASM programmer .. I haven't made a single
contribution to the programming core. I only know how to program in PHP :(
However, everyone here knows what licensing method I prefer ...
Wladston Viana Ferreira Filho
Belo Horizonte - MG, Brasil
Visit the project: s1mp3.org
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